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Santo Domingo.- Colonial City Neighborhood Boards Union president Pedro del Castillo on Sunday said despite the millions of dollars spent in the "Zone's" redevelopment, many problems still persist over the work by the Tourism Ministry and the private sector.

The head of the Union, formed by 13 community groups, said the underground power transformers are still out in the open and the power cables are still dangling above the streets. "The management which the architect Maribel Villalona exerts over?? the Colonial City.

As an example del Castillo said bollards placed in the streets have been changed five times, which reveals the improvisation of those responsible.

"The project since it started was with problems, because although all the residents of the Colonial City understood, and the people know, the people where they parked their cars was in the streets, and by not creating enough parking, people have opted to park the cars on the sidewalks."

Other problems

For the also Union leader Ruth Gesualdo another problem is the motorcycles skateboards and others that use the sidewalks, where pedestrians have been hurt.

Sprawl

Quoted by listin.com.do, El Conde-Mercedes Neighborhood Board president Julissa Domínguez said despite the work, sprawl has jeopardized the area and rebuffed claims of improved safety in the Colonial City. She admits that the project has attracted more visitors, "but we receive many complaints about crime."

She called that the Municipal Police "the most ineffective and the worst prepared that exists" and the first aspect which must be improved. "It has no notion of what to do."

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6 comment(s)
Written by: chillinout, 13 Feb 2017 12:20 PM
From: Dominican Republic
I'm guessing it was a project for cronies and kickbacks as is common. Like many projects it sounded good in the beginning but didn't deliver as advertised.

I did overhear strangers a long time ago talking about one guy getting involved but declined because the one guy was told to triple his bid to guarantee getting the job but had to kickback the the overcharge. True? I don't know. Possible? Not impossible. Probable? Can't say no with the track record of corruption.

Time to have real Inspector Generals and outside auditors overseeing things nationwide.
Written by: Ricardolito, 13 Feb 2017 7:49 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
The restoration was an absolute disaster and continues to be a disaster as the fight to save the ruins of San Francisco ..Meanwhile the ugly power lines grow in number with no attempt to put them under the ground. The parks are a mess and El Conde which should be a glorious shady walking boulevard is the same struggling street ..It is all a shame that one woman destroyed everything ..the money was wasted
Written by: Ricardolito, 14 Feb 2017 5:11 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Senora Maribel should be removed from all dealings in zona Colonial..she has caused more problems than we had before and has failed in her job
Written by: ciber, 14 Feb 2017 8:24 AM
From: United States
For a start make Maribel disclose ware the money went and how much she now has in her account both here and her Swiss account. Also make her repair the hotel she destroyed. Then fire her and ban her from the Z.C. forever!
Written by: ciber, 15 Feb 2017 10:52 AM
From: United States
Odbrecht is thinking of hiring Maribel as a consultant she does not get investigated no matter if buildings fall or the project fails no one asks her ware the money went ! She is untouchable!
Written by: ciber, 16 Feb 2017 8:34 AM
From: United States
Someone said Maribel is going to put her statue in Columbus park but pointing the other way. I like that idea now the pigeons can shit on her head!
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